Naked, emotionally disturbed man stands off with NYPD atop TKTS booth in Times Square

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Thursday, June 30, 2016
A naked man shouts before jumping from the ledge above the TKTS Broadway ticket booth in New York's Times Square, Thursday, June 30, 2016.

NEW YORK -- A standoff between a naked, emotionally disturbed man and police created quite the scene in Times Square Thursday morning, and much of it was captured on social media.

The NYPD was called to the TKTS booth at 46th Street and Broadway in Manhattan just after 7:30 a.m., where the man was standing at the top of the stand.

The man was dancing and parading around at the top of the red stairs, and at one point could be heard making political statements.

Video of the ordeal was streamed live on various social media channels. Watch this blurred, safe-for-work version here:

He could also be seen spitting on and taunting the officers who attempted to get him down.

The NYPD tried to talk with the 21-year-old man from Manhattan, but he was combative and incoherent. The hostage negotiation team also responded to the scene.

He was eventually cornered on the roof of the TKTS booth, and as he tried to run away while spitting and swinging his arms, he fell to the street.

The police had set up an air bag to catch him, but he narrowly missed it as he fell.

He sustained minor injuries, according to police.

The was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of psych evaluation and injuries sustained in the fall.